6.7/10
15,048
116 user 24 critic

Strange Brew (1983)

The Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie: Strange Brew (original title)
Trailer
2:48 | Trailer
Canada's most famous hosers, Bob and Doug McKenzie, get jobs at the Elsinore Brewery, only to learn that something is rotten with the state of it.
1 win. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Real Genius (1985)
Comedy | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Teenage geniuses deal with their abilities while developing a high-powered laser for a university project. When their professor intends to turn their work into a military weapon, they decide to ruin his plans.

Director: Martha Coolidge
Stars: Val Kilmer, Gabriel Jarret, Michelle Meyrink
Comedy | Crime | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The two stoners and their friends go through another series of crazy, drug-influenced misadventures.

Director: Tommy Chong
Stars: Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Evelyn Guerrero
Priest (1994)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A homosexual Catholic priest finds out during confessional that a young girl is being sexually abused by her father, and has to decide how to deal with both that secret and his own.

Director: Antonia Bird
Stars: Linus Roache, Tom Wilkinson, Robert Carlyle
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A teenager has to deal with his girlfriend dumping him among family crises, homicidal paper boys, and a rival skier.

Director: Savage Steve Holland
Stars: John Cusack, David Ogden Stiers, Kim Darby
SCTV Network (1981–1983)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Comedy parody about TV.

Stars: John Candy, Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Mark runs a pirate radio station and causes an uproar when he speaks his mind and enthralls fellow teens.

Director: Allan Moyle
Stars: Christian Slater, Samantha Mathis, Anthony Lucero
Trust (1990)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

After being thrown out of her house, Maria encounters a married woman who complains of not having children. Maria ends up in an abandoned house, where she meets Matthew. When a baby is kidnapped Maria sets out to find the woman.

Director: Hal Hartley
Stars: Adrienne Shelly, Martin Donovan, Rebecca Nelson
SCTV (1976–1981)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

The staff of Melonville's TV station put on programming that is unique in its own silly way.

Stars: Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin
My Blue Heaven I (1990)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An all too uptight FBI agent must protect a larger than life mobster with a heart of gold, currently under witness protection in the suburbs.

Director: Herbert Ross
Stars: Steve Martin, Rick Moranis, Joan Cusack
Local Hero (1983)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An American oil company sends a man to Scotland to buy up an entire village where they want to build a refinery. But things don't go as expected.

Director: Bill Forsyth
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Peter Riegert, Fulton Mackay
Night Shift (1982)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A morgue attendant is talked into running a brothel at his workplace after a deceased pimp is sent there. However, the pimp's killers don't look too kindly on this new 'business', nor does the morgue's owner.

Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Henry Winkler, Michael Keaton, Shelley Long
Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Mike Nelson and his robot companions watch and give their comments about This Island Earth (1955).

Director: Jim Mallon
Stars: Trace Beaulieu, Michael J. Nelson, Jim Mallon
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dave Thomas ... Doug McKenzie
Rick Moranis ... Bob McKenzie
Max von Sydow ... Brewmeister Smith (as Max Von Sydow)
Paul Dooley ... Claude Elsinore
Lynne Griffin ... Pam Elsinore
Angus MacInnes ... Jean LaRose
Tom Harvey Tom Harvey ... The Inspector
Douglas Campbell Douglas Campbell ... Henry Green
Brian McConnachie Brian McConnachie ... Ted
Len Doncheff ... Jack Hawkland
Jill Frappier ... Gertrude
David Beard David Beard ... The Judge
Thick Wilson Thick Wilson ... The Prosecutor
Robert Windsor ... Bailiff
Sid Lynas Sid Lynas ... Angry Man at Movie
Edit

Storyline

Something is rotten at the Elsinore Brewery. Bob and Doug Mackenzie (as seen on SCTV) help the brewery founder's daughter Pam regain the brewery founded by her recently-deceased father. But to do so, they must confront the suspicious brew master and two teams of vicious hockey players. Written by Stewart M. Clamen <clamen@cs.cmu.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Something funny is brewing at Elsinore Castle... See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 August 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Strange Brew See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,913,389, 28 August 1983

Gross USA:

$8,571,374

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,571,374
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono | Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Mel Blanc did the voice of Barney Rubble in The Flintstones (1960) and Rick Moranis played him in the live-action film The Flintstones (1994). They both star together in this film. See more »

Goofs

When Bob is being fingerprinted, the cop puts Bob's left thumbprint in the box that says "Right Thumb." The fingerprint sheet also says "Industrial" which does not seem correct for a police document. See more »

Quotes

Doug McKenzie: [after pouring a beer for their dad into a glass from a dog dish] You take it to him.
Bob McKenzie: No way, you take it to him.
Doug McKenzie: No, you.
Bob McKenzie: [both holding the glass] No! I'm gonna let go. I'm lettin' go and you're takin it.
Doug McKenzie: No! I'm lettin' go.
Bob McKenzie: Let go then.
Doug McKenzie: [both let go and the glass smashes] Dad! Bob broke your beer!
Bob McKenzie: No I didn't! Doug broke it!
See more »

Crazy Credits

As the end credits roll, we see Bob and Doug drive away with a beer truck. After a few seconds, the film cuts to The Great White North set and Bob and Doug give their explanations for the various film credits. See more »

Connections

References Goin' Down the Road (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Strange Brew
(Title Song)
Composed & Performed by Ian Thomas
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

The grand-daddy of the "dumb-guy" movies
25 October 2001 | by slstrongarmSee all my reviews

Being a former Canadian national, people ask me, "Have you seen this movie?" The answer is, "You bet!" Fact is, I've got this movie almost memorized.

There have been so many "dumb-guy" movies out there, from "Night At The Roxbury" to "Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back", but none live up to the true campiness of "Strange Brew". It features stupid people, but the movie doesn't become stupid. It set the mold for those movies. Plus, it satirizes filmmaking itself. Very few movies are able to do that without going into the "anything for a laugh" style of the Mel Brooks films or "National Lampoon's 'Loaded Weapon 1'". With satirical films, it's either feast or famine. "Strange Brew" finds a nice balance. Can you imagine? Shakespearian drama in a dumb-guy movie? A bold maneuver that obviously paid off.

Max von Sydow must have either needed employment, or wanted to do a comedy. Paul Dooley gets to break out of his typecasting of playing intelligent, father-figure roles by playing a complete dunderhead for once. Once again, bold ploys that paid off. I wish I could have seen Lynne Griffin headline other movies. She's good. I know she guested in other venues, but I can't seem to find them on video.

Interestingly enough, I happened to see "Strange Brew" action figures in a semi-recent trip to the toy store(August 2001). The twenty-year anniversary won't occur for two more years, and yet, here they are. They're NOT action figures. Bob and Doug are frozen in the seated position, and the only things you can bend on them are their elbows. Instead of the Kung Fu grip, it's more like the Elsinore grip. I'm surprised you can separate them from their couch.

All in all, this is one of those movies where you can sit back and be entertained without having to turn your brain off.


3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 116 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed